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E.I. Cole and the Haymarket Hippodrome

Les Tod
Not to be confused with Wirth’s Hippodrome on the site of today's Capitol Theatre, the Haymarket Hippodrome, also in Hay Street, opened in Sydney in 1905 under the direction of flamboyant showman E.I. Cole. The venue for wild west dramas…

Bert Levy: Australia's first global vaudeville star

Jack Coyne
JACK COYNE, Founding Member of the Bert Levy Appreciation Society (BLAS), offers a tribute to Australian vaudevillian and illustrator, Bert Levy. Receiving wide international recognition in the entertainment industry for his original and…

Theodosia Yates and the ‘Great Yates’

Allister Hardiman
The only known photograph of Nellie Stewart’s mother, taken by Talma, and published in the Sydney Bulletin in 1904 to mark her passing, prompting photo historian ALLISTER HARDIMAN to find out more about the family’s past and discover the…

Walter Kirby: Australia’s forgotten Caruso (Part 3)

Frank Van Straten
Having returned home in 1910 after success abroad, the third instalment of FRANK VAN STRATEN’s biography of tenor Walter Kirby focuses on the years 1912 to 1926. A position of genuine eminence Walter continued to sing frequently for…

C.H. Workman in Australia (Part 5)

Robert Morrison
JCW flyer—1915. Photos by Monte Luke. State Library Victoria, Melbourne. Preparations continued for the Australian premiere of the American musical comedy High Jinks, which was scheduled to open at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Sydney on 6…

Tribute: Gerald Taylor—‘Mr Entertainment’

Janine Barrand
Gerald Taylor, 1 September 1927-21 January 2022 Gerald Taylor, 1957. Photo by Anthony Caton Studio, Brisbane. Courtesy Kristina Forbes.Gerald Taylor devoted his life to entertainment and to the art and history of magic. When I reflect on…

Fredrikson Scholarship

Anna French
Announcing the Recipients of the 2022 Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship for Design in the Performing Arts Congratulations to Paula Levis from Victoria and Isabel Hudson from NSW. The 2022 scholarship recipients are both very successful…

Memories of the Neutral Bay Music Hall

Barry Creyton
On 29 March 2022, the S,B&W Foundation, as part of their local North Sydney Council’s Senior’s Week Program, held a special event celebrating the greatly-loved but sadly-demolished old Music Hall, Neutral Bay. An afternoon of songs,…

Australia in 50 Plays

Julian Meyrick
JULIAN MEYRICK muses on the circumstances that lead to the writing of his new book Australia in 50 Plays, his self-styled love letter to Australian drama, examining fifty outstanding plays of diverse content and style that have appeared in…

Australia in 50 Plays: Book Review

Cheryl Threadgold
BOOK REVIEW: Australia in 50 Plays by Julian Meyrick, Currency Press, 2022 Any notion that Julian Meyrick’s splendid book Australia in 50 Plays is a history of Australian drama is swiftly dispelled by Meyrick in his Introduction: ‘it is…